Eckville break and enter leads police to discovery of stolen property

Flat deck trailers, tools and generators were among the stolen items turned up by a police search of a house in Leslieville last week.

Flat deck trailers, tools and generators were among the stolen items turned up by a police search of a house in Leslieville last week.

Sylvan Lake RCMP carried out a search warrant on Feb. 25 with help from Rocky Mountain House RCMP and a regional Priority Crimes Task Force, one day after a break and enter at a house in Eckville led them to the Leslieville address.

Police say evidence gathered from the Eckville incident pointed them in the direction of the Leslieville property, where they executed the search warrant around 4 p.m. Feb. 25.

A stolen snow blower and a loaded rifle were also found during the search, as were several items from the previous day’s break and enter in Eckville. The flat deck trailers were found to have previously been stolen from Fort Saskatchewan.

Police took a 21-year-old Leslieville woman into custody following the search, and a 34-year old Leslieville man had made arrangements to turn himself in at press time.

Police said last Friday that the pair would be charged with break and enter, possession of stolen property and weapons offences. Names weren’t released, as neither suspect had yet been formally charged.

Sgt. Jeff McBeth of the Sylvan Lake RCMP said the arrests were the result of regional collaboration among the Priority Crimes Task Force’s participating detachments, which include Sylvan Lake, Red Deer, Innisfail and Blackfalds, while Lacombe Police Service also offers support.

“We know that criminals cross jurisdictions all the time, and that’s why collaboration and shared intelligence among task force members and neighbouring police detachments is so important,” said McBeth in a statement last Friday. “As these arrests and the recovery of so much stolen property demonstrate, sharing information and working together allows RCMP in the region to better target those individuals who are criminally active in all our policing areas.”

Police are now aiming to identify the rightful owners of the tools recovered in last week’s search. Victims of recent tool thefts are asked to contact Cst. Mike Lee at the Sylvan Lake RCMP detachment by calling 403-858-7200.